[rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

Dearlove, Christopher (UK) chris.dearlove at baesystems.com
Tue Jun 24 05:35:53 PDT 2014


OK, I admit I completely missed that RFC. I suspect that's true of most other people too.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Julian Reschke [mailto:julian.reschke at gmx.de] 
Sent: 24 June 2014 13:03
To: Thomas Clausen
Cc: Dearlove, Christopher (UK); Paul Kyzivat; rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

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On 2014-06-24 13:41, Thomas Clausen wrote:
> That does, if you will excuse my violent disagreement, appear like an 
> enormous step backwards in usability: both when writing a 
> specification, when writing an implementation from a specification 
> (especially if actually commenting code), or when reviewing a 
> specification for somebody else, the ability to reference "Page XX 
> line Y" is rather convenient, almost necessary - especially, when 
> collaborating with folks using different output media (of which paper 
> remains an important one, for various reasons..)
>
> I haven't printed an RFC or an I-D in a decade - and yet, find both page numbers and line numbers to be paramount.
>
> With my various set of co-authors, while I do *try* to point to "enumerated sections", we almost always end up "counting lines on a page" at some point in time. I note that other SDOs actually have printed line-numbers in the margin of (at least, their working/intermediate) documents.

My experience is the opposite; I always end up linking to section numbers or paragraphs.

> While I have deep respect for the "other goals" that you cite, and I agree that we should support different output devices, I respectfully submit that that has nothing to do with the argument being made.
>
> I also respectfully submit that those "other goals" perhaps are given too high a priority here, and I wonder who set those priorities?

You may want to read <http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6949> which was published over a year ago, and which represents the outcome of a very long discussion.

Best regards, Julian


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